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Thoughts on the week

Thoughts on the week

Birmingham City, along with many other clubs, paused to remember and honour Nelson Mandela before the game this weekend. This was very appropriate.  He was a man who realised that sport could be used to bring people together. Before 1995, South African rugby was seen as a white man’s sport and the springbok emblem as a symbol of apartheid. When the Rugby World Cup was played in South Africa, Mandela urged South Africans of all races to support the national rugby team. He helped to unite his country by putting on a Springbok jersey and cap.    Continue reading

Nelson Mandela

In some cultures status is not determined by what you have but what you give away.  Nelson Mandela gave his whole life for a cause he believed in: the freedom of the people of South Africa.  During his long years in prison his hunger for the freedom of his people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black. On the last page of his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, he wrote:      Continue reading